Extraordinary Missionary Month inaugurated with a prayer guide in Miao Diocese

The Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM) of October 2019 announced by Pope Francis was inaugurated with a prayer guide booklet for prayer intentions for the mission stations in Miao Diocese of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India.

Responding to the Pope’s call to celebrate the month of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary Month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, the faithful in the northeastern most region of India inaugurated the month of October with a special prayer intention booklet and Rosary procession across the diocese.

Releasing a small booklet prepared for the event, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese said the month should make everyone aware that the primary duty of the Church is to make Christ known to all the people. “I hope this booklet helps everyone to make an extra effort to make this month days of deep reflection on the call of everyone to be a missionary”, he said.

The booklet contains a brief reflection for each day of the month and prayer intentions for all the mission stations in the Diocese and concludes with a short prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Miao Diocese has drawn up a huge action plan to make everyone participate in the EMM, that includes animations for Catechists, men and women groups, Eucharistic procession and prayer rally scheduled to be held all over the month of October.

People also expressed happiness to be part of this global event of the Church. “Such events of the Church not only make participate but it also makes us aware that we belong to the Universal Church”, said a believer at the end of the first day of EMM.